Can You Strip Romex & Run It in a Conduit?

Romex wire which is stripped at one end

When it comes to DIY electrical projects, one of the favorite points inspectors look at is the proper use of wires for outdoor and indoor application. And when it comes to heavy duty wiring, Romex is well-known because of its cost-effectiveness, versatility, and utility. The application of Romex wires is limitless, but most DIY-ers often find … Read more

Can I Run an Electrical Wire Next to a Gas Line?

Running an electrical wire next to gas line

When it comes to DIY, being neat and tidy becomes a top priority. From the finishing of your project all the way to the foundation it lays on, everything needs to be tidy. There is also a matter of safety, which becomes increasingly important when it comes to electrical systems and gas lines. A common question … Read more

How Long Does It Take For Dirt to Compact and Settle?

Tennis ball sitting on dirt

Whether you’re making a small shed in your backyard, making your own patio, sidewalk, or building a complete house (bravo, by the way), what do you think is the most important aspect of your project? Everyone will have a different answer but if you ask us, we’d say it’s the foundation. To ensure that a foundation lasts, … Read more

Do French & Trench Drains Need a Trap?

A French drain vs. Trench drain

If you look under your kitchen or bathroom sink, you’ll find a U- or an S-shaped pipe underneath the drain opening. This is known as a drain trap. This is necessary to create an air trap to prevent sewer gasses from travelling through the plumbing and into your home. However, a question arises; do outdoor … Read more

Do You Need a Plate Compactor for Pavers and Patios?

Patio during Golden Hour

Out of all the things you can improve in your house, curb appeal is one that stands out the most. For most DIY-ers, renovating your patio – or building one from scratch – is the pinnacle of their journey. When working on a patio or your curb, apart from material, one major consideration is that … Read more

Can a Junction Box Be Covered by Insulation?

Can a junction box be covered by insulation?

Electrical boxes are not just ugly to look at, they also pose a threat to those around; especially children. Covering these boxes is permissible in the National Electrical Code with wooden boxes, so long as they are accessible; i.e., the box can be opened. However, NEC only talks about this if the box is located outside … Read more

Do All New Construction Homes Have HOA Fees?

Neighborhood at Daytime

So you’ve thought of constructing a home at a location that looks beautiful and is well-connected to the city. But is that all you should be considering? As you might have heard, home is a feeling that relies on the people around you at all times and the community you’re a part of. If you’re … Read more